Adam Radwanski is correct, the Liberals and NDP may be battling it out for who comes in second place in the total vote on election but if the NDP eats enough Liberal support the result is not an NDP Official Opposition it is a BQ one. For the NDP to gain official opposition status they have to win big in the Liberal stronghold of Toronto and the Conservatives have to turn around their fortunes in rural Quebec. I doubt either of those are going to happen at this point.
So says the guy from Political Staples.
Okay. Forget that its a long shot, what would be so horrible about the Bloc as official opposition, given that their separatist aspirations are out the window and they have simply become another regional party like the old Reform Party? I've always seen them as the Que. version of the NDP, with slightly more xenophobia from their rural wing. Presuming a minority gov., how bad could they be?